Remembering John H. Johnson: A Message from the President & CEO Linda Johnson Rice
Rice, Linda Johnson, Ebony
This January 19, a special day in my life, will represent the 90th birthday of my father, John H. Johnson, founder of Johnson Publishing Company. And when I look back, I (like thousands of EBONY and Jet readers) have to do so in amazement when I consider what he accomplished, especially during the time period in which he began his historic, pioneering efforts.
When the company opened on November 1, 1942, the climate was in no way conducive for Black achievement--segregation was the law of the land, unemployment rates were high, and for aspiring entrepreneurs, roadblocks were everywhere, including the naysayers who offered no encouragement.
My father's life should be an inspiration to all of us. Although he was a poor man from Arkansas City, Ark., he was the personification of determination, a man who fought and succeeded against the odds to establish--in 1942, no less--a business empire that still serves as a model for aspiring businesspeople--Black and White.
One thing that John H. Johnson was especially passionate about was delivering the continuous message to Black people--no matter their level of income--to pay close attention to their financial health, thereby allowing them to take steps to get the most for their money. We continue that tradition in this issue with a special section on personal finance that's designed to help readers set some financial goals and locus on achieving them throughout the new year and beyond. …